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24 June 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central bid adieu to WORKAHOLICS: THE FINAL SEASON (review)

Adam, Blake, and Ders are back for ten more adventures in the final season of WORKAHOLICS.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

WORKAHOLICS: THE FINAL SEASON DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Outtakes and Deleted Scenes for each episode
  • Wrap Party Reel
  • The Final Shot featurette

23 June 2017

Vinegar Syndrome rubs A TOUCH OF GENIE (Review)

Joseph Sarno took a stab at the hardcore market with this reflexive comedy in which nerdy Melvin frees a genie (Chris Jordan) by "rubbing" the inside of her jar.  She grants him five wishes that allow him to experience erotic encounters with his favorite pron starlet Tina Russell in the bodies of Eric Edwards, Harry Reems, Mark Stevens, and Levi Richards, but will he use his fifth wish on his loving genie?

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

A TOUCH OF GENIE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with actor Eric Edwards
  • Interview with Sarno biographer Michael Bowen
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Coer

Rooster Teeth teams up with RWBY: VOLUME 4 (review)

In the aftermath of the attack on the kingdom of Vale and the fall of the Beacon Academy, team RWBY is scattered and Ruby Rose joins with the remains of team JNPR on a journey to the kingdom of Mistral fraught with monsters and a malevolent goddess on the hunt for Ruby to prevent her from achieving her destiny.

REVIEW LINK: Rooster Teeth (US) Region A Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

RWBY: VOLUME 4 Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Movie Mode (188 minutes) or Episode-by-Episode (210 minutes total) Playback
  • Audio Commentary by directors Gary Haddock, Miles Luna, and Kerry Shawcross
  • Blu-ray exclusive crew commentary featuring lead animator Joel Mann , visual effects artist Quentin Holtz, compositor Brian Arndt, and sound designer Chris Kokkinos
  • "World of Remnant" featurettes (29 minutes)
  • CRWBY Photos
  • Blu-ray exclusive featurettes "A Grimm Inroduction" and "RWBY Production Diary"
  • Collectible Crescent Rose Action Card

22 June 2017

eOne deals in ICE: SEASON ONE (review)

Donald Sutherland, Jeremy Sisto, Cam Gigandet, and Ray Winstone star in the series ICE from Antoine Fuqua.  A respectable family-run diamond business falls in with smugglers, blood diamonds, and betrayal.

REVIEW LINK: eOne (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ICE: SEASON ONE DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Premise" featurette
  • "Jeremy Sisto and Cam Gigandet" featurette
  • Rachele Royale "Diamond Girl" Music Video

Second Sight finds LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE (review)

Based on the comic novel by John Hadfield, LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE finds mild-mannered civil servant Jasper Rye in need of adventure.  Intending to quit his job and move to Paris to become a painter, Jasper's intentions are derailed when he is sent to the Norfolk border to dismantle a long overlooked statistics outpost housed in a baronial manor.  Seduced by village life and the local aristocrat's three daughters, Jasper starts to have doubts about his mission but there are two statisticians who are also bent on making sure things stay as they are.  Michael Maloney and Graham Crowden star.


REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE DVD specs:
  • Four episodes on a one dual-layer DVD
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English HoH subtitles

Wolfe Video returns to HEARTLAND (review)

After her girlfriend dies after a long hospital stay, Lauren is forced to return to her family home and her intolerant mother.  Grieving and lonely, she confides in her brother's fiancée but their estrangement from the conservative and bigoted locals pushes them closer together and in danger of making a decision that will impact the family and the community.

REVIEW LINK: Wolfe Video (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

HEARTLAND DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing gets a SUNTAN (review)

A lonely doctor new to a Greek pleasure island finds his inhibitions tested when the tourist season hits.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SUNTAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.66:1 widescreen
  • Greek/German/English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with the Director
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Vinegar Syndrome possesses NURSE SHERRI (review)

An occultist who dies on the operating table possesses a nurse to take revenge on the doctors who treated him in Al Adamson's NURSE SHERRI (released on video as HOSPITAL OF TERROR).

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

NURSE SHERRI Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by producer Sam Sherman
  • Alternate Sexy Version (DVD only)
  • "Nurses' Confessions" interviews with Jill Jacobson and Marilyn Joi
  • Locations: Then and Now
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot

21 June 2017

Arrow Video USA hunts THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (review)

The film that dubbed Dario Argento "the Italian Hitchcock" comes to Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.  Tony Musante stars as a writer in Rome who witnesses an assault on a gallery owner by the killer responsible for the slashing deaths of three other women.  As he carries out his own investiation, he and his girlfriend are targeted by the killer.  Suzy Kendall also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE Blu-ray/DVD combo:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH and English subtitles for the Italian track
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis" analysis by critic Kat Ellinger
  • "The Power of Perception" visual essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • "Crystal Nightmare" interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • "An Argento Icon" interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • "Eva's Talking" archival interview with actress Eva Renzi
  • Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Limited edition 40-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook

Universal Pictures searches for A DOG'S PURPOSE (review)

A dog learns the meaning of life in a number of successive lives with different owners as he tries to make his way back to his original owner.  Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, and Josh Gad star.

REVIEW LINK: Universal Pictures (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD/Digital HD (DVDCompare)

A DOG'S PURPOSE Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; French DTS 5.1; Spanish DTS 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • "Lights, Camera, Woof!" featurette
  • "A Writer's Purpose" featurette
  • Digital HD Code

17 June 2017

Disney remakes BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (review)

Disney's remake of their 1991 animated musical hit features an all-star cast in both live action and voicing dazzling digitally-animated characters.  Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci star.

REVIEW LINK: Walt Disney Home Entertainment (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
    • Optional Sing-Along Playback
    • Optional Overture
    • "Enchanted Table Read" featurette
    • "A Beauty of a Tale" featurette
    • "The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast"
    • "From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences" featurettes
    • Extended Song: “Days In The Sun” with Introduction By Bill Condon
    • Deleted Scenes with Introduction by Bill Condon
    • "Making a Moment with Celine Dion" featurette
    • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video by Ariana Grande and John Legend
    • "Making the Music Video: “Beauty And The Beast”" featurette
    • Disney Song Selection
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 Descriptive Audio; French Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Digital Download Code 

15 June 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central visit BROAD CITY: SEASON 3 (review)

Abbi and Ilana are back for another cheerfully vulgar season taking on fads and navigating their codependent friendship.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

BROAD CITY: SEASON 3 DVD specs:
  • Ten episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Hack into BROAD CITY" webisodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • "Nomo-Fomo" an art exhibit about BROAD CITY

13 June 2017

Vinegar Syndrome's HERE COMES THE BRIDE to PUSSYCAT RANCH (review)

Vinegar Syndrome pairs up two efforts from lesser known New York-based adult filmmaker John Christopher.  In PUSSYCAT RANCH, Ma Belle decides the only way she can pay off her mortgage is to take her three daughters and rob a bank.  Unfortunately, the bank has already been robbed by Billy the Kid (Eric Edwards) who suggests they turn the farm into a brothel.  In HERE COMES THE BRIDE, nymphomaniac Rhonda wants to settle down and get married.  She abstains from sex with Tom who is courting her, but that does not mean she can't have fun with just about anyone else she finds.  Samantha Fox, Joey Silvera, Roger Caine, Arcadia Lake, and Molly Malone also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

PUSSYCAT RANCH/HERE COMES THE BRIDES DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of the original 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Theatrical Trailer for HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Vinegar Syndrome takes LOVE SLAVES (review)

John Leslie stars as a narcotics investigator in San Francisco looking into the link between the abduction of a number of beautiful young women and a spike in drug activity.  Sharon Thorpe, Alain Patrick, Ken Scudder, Turk Lyon, and Desiree West also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

LOVE SLAVES DVD specs:
  • 2K master of 35mm archival elements
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Introduction and Interview with director Bob Chinn 

Vinegar Syndrome's LOVE CHAMPIONS have BOILING DESIRES (Review)

Carlos Tobalina is back with another mind-numbing double bill of eighties adult cinema.  In BOILING DESIRES, inexperienced Leslie and naughty Alice go on a double date with equally inexperienced Warren and wild Doug, learning about the language of love in a series of alternating pairings before they all get together for a foursome.  In LOVE CHAMPIONS, Tobalina himself and Colleen Brennan (aka Sharon Kelly) play sex therapists who help potential divorcees put some zap back into their love lives through swinging. 

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BOILING DESIRES/LOVE CHAMPIONS DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of 35mm camera negatives
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

Arrow Video USA gets BRAIN DAMAGE (review)

Mild-mannered Brian's life take a turn for the weird when a euphoria-inducing parasite attaches itself to him and only offers him a fix in exchange for feeding him the brains of innocent victims in Frank Henenlotter's follow-up to BASKET CASE.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BRAIN DAMAGE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Isolated Score in LPCM 2.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 1.0 mono
    • Isolated Score in Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary with Frank Hennenlotter & Mike Hunchback
  • "Listen to the Light: The Making of BRAIN DAMAGE" documentary (55 mins)
  • "Gabe Bartalos talks about...the Effects of BRAIN DAMAGE" featurette
  • "Animating Elmer" featurette
  • "Karen Ogle: Set Photographer, Script Supervisor and Assistant Editor" featurette
  • "Elmer's Turf: The NYC Locations of Brain Damage" featurette
  • "Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession" featurette
  • "Brain Damage Q&A with Frank Hennenlotter: Offscreen Film Festival, 13th March 2016"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • "Bygone Behemoth" (2010) (animated short film by Harry Chaskin
  • Image Galleries
  • Easter Eggs
  • First pressings come with a slipcase and a 32-page booklet with liner notes by Michael Gingold
  • Limited to 1,500 copies, comes with an exclusive badge

11 June 2017

Arrow Academy shines a SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER (review)

Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER, Georges Franju's idiosyncratic take on the old dark house mystery film as the heirs to a fortune fall victim to murder in a medieval Brittany castle.  Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval, Philippe Leroy, Jean Babilee, and Georges Rollin star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • French LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.37:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Vintage TV featurette on the making of the film featuring interviews with director Georges Franju and actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval, Pascal Audret, and Pierre Brasseur (30 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer

09 June 2017

Kino Lorber is MAKING CONTACT (Review)

Before STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY, German filmmaker Roland Emmerich comes this eighties era bid at Spielbergian wonder and fright.  After his father dies, Joey is bullied when he tells people he still talks to him on his toy phone.  Joey soon discovers that he has the ability to make objects move, animating his robot as well as a creepy ventriloquist's dummy that warns him that it is not his father he is talking to but something evil and powerful.  Also known as JOEY.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

MAKING CONTACT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen transfer of the American version
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Previews

Arrow Video visits the MADHOUSE (Review)

From Ovidio G. Assonitis, the rip-off maestro who brought you BEYOND THE DOOR and TENTACLES comes this atypical take on the slasher genre.  Julia have lived in fear of her evil twin sister Mary since they were children.  Now Mary is lying in the hospital as an invalid with a skin disease that has hideously disfigured her.  When Mary breaks free of the hospital, Julia's friends start getting killed as someone plans a very special birthday for the twins.


REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MADHOUSE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by The Hysteria Continues
  • Interview with actress Edith Ivey
  • Interview with cinematographer Roberto D'Ettore Piazzolli
  • Interview with director Ovidio G. Assonitis
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

06 June 2017

Film Chest Media tails DECOY: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Review)

Beverly Garland stars as policewoman Casey Jones in this groundbreaking series.  The first to feature a policewoman in a lead role, the first cop show to shoot on location in New York City, and one of the first to deal with real life issues from drug addiction and prostitution to rape and psychosis.  Guest stars include Suzanne Pleshette, Dianne Ladd, Frank Sutton, John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Lois Nettleton, and more.

REVIEW LINK: Film Chest Media (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DECOY DVD specs:
  • Thirty-nine episodes on three dual-layer DVDs
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Fourteen-page booklet

Paramount Pictures canonizes JOAN OF ARCADIA (review)

Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, Jason Ritter, and Michael Welch star in this CBS drama from the mid-2000s as a family trying to move on after a tragedy.  When God starts appearing and talking to Joan, she finds herself given tasks without explanation that are intended to help her realize her true nature while maneuvering the teenage experience of school, friendships, and relationships.


REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

JOAN OF ARCADIA DVD specs:
  • Forty-five episodes on twelve dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Nine audio commentaries featuring creator Barbara Hall, producers Jim Hayman, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Tom Garrigus, David Grae, & Jim Gregory, and cast members Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, and Michael Welch
  • Deleted Scenes for Season One
  • "The Creation of JOAN OF ARCADIA" featurette
  • "A Look at Season One" featurette
  • "A Look at Season Two" featurette
  • "God Gallery" featurette
  • "The Making of 'Queen of the Zombies'" episode featurette
  • "Common Thread" episode table read
  • A Tour of Joan's High School featurette

Vinegar Syndrome French kisses to THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS (review)

Jamie Gillis plays an American fashion photographer in Paris who is separately romancing two sisters (covergirls Natasha and France Lomay) with thehope of talking them into a threesome.  Things go awry as he tries to keep them from discovering one another with the help of his long-suffering assistant (Joey Silvera).  Tiffany Clark and Mai Lin also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English/French Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
  • Interview with actor John Mozzer
  • Still Gallery 

04 June 2017

Film Movement's PELLE THE CONQUEROR comes of age (Review)

Bille August's Best Foreign Film Academy Award-winning PELLE THE CONQUEROR comes to Blu-ray in a thirtieth anniversary restoration.  Oscar-nominated Max Von Sydow plays Lasse, a Swedish widower who emigrates to Denmark with his young son Pelle in search of better prospects.  Taking work on the estate of a gentleman farmer, they face abuse from their Swedish superiors.  Lasse encourages his son to get an education, but the boy has big dreams of seeing  the rest of the world.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement Classics (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

PELLE THE CONQUEROR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Danish/Swedish LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtiltes
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Booklet by Terrence Rafferty

02 June 2017

Mondo Macabro is persecuted by INQUISITION (review)

Paul Naschy makes his directorial debut with this brutal and compelling take on WITCHFINDER GENERAL and THE DEVILS.  As the plague sweeps through sixteenth century France, the inquisition follows to sweep the Earth clean of heretics and witches.  The head inquisitor Bernard de Fossey finds himself desiring Catherine, the daughter of a landowner, but she has given herself over to Satan in order to discover the identity of her lover's murderer and is willing to burn at the stake to wreak her vengeance.  Daniela Giordano, Julia Saly, Monica Randall, and Tony Isbert co-star.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

INQUISITION Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Spanish LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by the Naschycast's Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn
  • "Blood and Sand" Eurotika special on Spanish horror
  • Interview with actor/director Paul Naschy
  • Interview with actress Daniela Giordano
  • More from Mondo Macabro

Screen Media crosses into THE VOID (review)

A boring night in a small town turns apocalyptic when a sheriff's deputy rushes a bleeding man into a hospital scheduled for closure and the inhabitants find themselves trapped inside by cultists outside and people undergoing monstrous transformations on the inside.

REVIEW LINK: Screen Media (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE VOID Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio commentary by directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski
  • Audio commentary by the visual effects artists Steven Kostanski, Michael Walsh, and Nicola Bendry
  • "Nightmare Logic: The Making of The Void" featurette
  • Theatrical Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
Available exclusively from DiabolikDVD.

Paramount takes to THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: THE COMPLETE SERIES (review)

The complete five seasons of the Quinn Martin hit THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO finds detectives Stone (Karl Malden) and Keller (Michael Douglas) solving cases in the Bay Area with a slew of guest stars and gritty capers.  Douglas left in the fifth season and was replaced by Richard Hatch.  All 120 episodes are contained in one set (previously issued with each season split into two volumes each).

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD specs:
  • Five seasons (120 episodes) on thirty-two DVDs (31x DVD9, 1x DVD5)
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (seasons 1-5) and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (seasons 1-2)
  • Optional English SDH (seasons 1-5) and Spanish (seasons 1-2) subtitles
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Pilot Presentation
  • Army Archerd Interview

31 May 2017

Arrow Video USA charts the fall of THE CLIMBER (review)

Andy Warhol vet Joe Dallesandro stars in the crime film THE CLIMBER as a young smuggler who is betrayed by his boss in Naples and forms his own gang in Rome to take revenge and take over.  Stefania Casini also stars.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray and Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE CLIMBER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English dub and English subtitles for the Italian
  • "Little Joe's Adventures in Europe" new interview with actor Joe Dallesandro
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: a booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of ITALIAN CRIME FILMOGRAPHY, 1968-1980

Arrow Video uncensors EVIL ED (review)

The low budget nineties Swedish gore comedy EVIL ED comes to limited edition three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo in its "Special ED-ition" cut.  When mild-mannered editor Ed is hired by ruthless producer Sam Campbell (get it?) to cut the LOOSE LIMBS horror franchise for censorious foreign markets, he starts to go over the deep end and start cutting real life down to size.


REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

EVIL ED Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Disc One (Special ED-ition Cut Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
  • Disc Two (Special ED-ition Cut DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Optional Introduction by editor Doc and director Anders Jacobsson
  • "You Keep 'Em Heads Rollin" behind the scenes
  • "Before Ed" early filmmaking endeavors
  • "Beyond Ed" later careers of the crew
  • "Reconstructing Edward" preparig the Special ED-ition cut
  • New Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers and Teasers:
    • Special ED-ition Trailer
    • English Trailer
    • Swedish Trailer
    • Swedish Teaser 1
    • Swedish Teaser 2
    • "Bergman" Teaser
    • "Nutty Professor" Teaser
  • Image Gallery
  • Easter Egg
  • Disc Three (Limited Blu-ray):
    • Original Theatrical Cut (93 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 stereo
      • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • "Lost in Brainland" three-hour extended behind the scenes featurette
    • Making-of Bloopers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s Booklet featuring new writing on the film by horror journalist Michael Gingold

Full Moon Features stalks the LURKING FEAR (review)

Charles Band's Full Moon Pictures follows up his Empire Pictures triumphs RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND with an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's LURKING FEAR.  A wrongfully-convicted young man gets out of jail after a year and learns that his late father has left as his inheritance a cache of loot buried in the family plot in the remote town of Lefferts Corners.  He travels there on the night when the town's remaining citizens are planning to wage a final battle with the cannibalistic creatures dwelling in the tunnels beneath the town.  Also stumbling into this warzone is a British gangster after his stolen casino loot along with his glamorous moll and hulking bodyguard.  Jon Finch, Ashley Laurence, Jeffrey Combs, Paul Mantee, Alison Mackie, and Blake Bailey star.

REVIEW LINK: Full Moon Studios (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

LURKING FEAR Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by writer/director C. Courtney Joyner
  • "Videozone" Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Teaser
  • Previews

28 May 2017

MVD Visual is stalked by CHILD EATER (review)

For twenty-five years, the town of Widow's Peak has been haunted by the memory eye-eating child murderer Robert Bowery whose spirit is rumored to still stalk the woods.  When young Helen babysits imaginative child Lucas one night, she discovers that there really is a monster in the closet and enters the woods to rescue her charge.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

CHILD EATER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.20:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Audio Commentary by
  • Deleted Scenes

Wild Eye Releasing digs up the ABANDONED DEAD (review)

Rachael Burke has lived in fear of the dark since childhood.  She works as a security guard and only takes day shifts.  When she is forced to take an night shift during the Memorial Day weekend at an addiciton clinic in a bad part of town, she starts to wonder whether she is going crazy or being haunted by something related to her childhood trauma.  Sarah Nicklin and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's Judith O'Dea star.

REVIEW LINK: Wild Eye Releasing (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

ABANDONED DEAD DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Previews

27 May 2017

Cleopatra Films documents THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS (Review)

Nobody saw the signs when family man James Parrish murdered his family and disappeared into the night.  Two years later, a home improvement show team decides to renovate a house not suspecting that they are trespassing on the grounds of an occult-obsessed serial killer who is about to strike again, and it will be caught on tape this time!

REVIEW LINK: Cleopatra Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE BURNINGMOORE DEATHS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer
  • Previews

26 May 2017

Vinegar Syndrome celebrates "Halfway to Black Friday" with RED MOB (review)

Vinegar Syndrome steps behind the iron curtain to unearth this 1993 American-styled action flick.  When his son is kidnapped, veteran Oleg must agree to lead a caravan of weapons smugglers to get him back.  With the help of his war buddy, he wages war against the mob.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

RED MOB Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Full-length Russian-language version in Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono with optional English and Russian SDH subtitles
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the English version
  • "Producing RED MOB" interview with associate producer Arthur Schweitzer
  • "Shooting from the Hip" interview with associate producer Arthur Schweitzer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Slipcover
  • Limited to 1,000 copies available directly from Vinegar Syndrome.

Vinegar Syndrome celebrates "Halfway to Black Friday" with SWEET SUGAR (review)

Entrapped by the Mexican authorities and railroaded into agreeing to cut cane on a private farm for two years, prostitute Sugar rallies her fellow captives to rise up against the mad doctor who runs the farm and his sadistic guards.  Phyllis Davis stars.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SWEET SUGAR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with screenwriter Don Spencer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover
  • Limited Slipcase
  • Limited to 1,500 copies
  • Available exclusively from Vinegar Syndrome.

24 May 2017

Paramount and Comedy Central untap DRUNK HISTORY: SEASON 4 (review)

Derek Waters is back for a fourth season as the "Drunk Whisperer" hosting inebriated storytellers who give us their skewed takes on the friendship of Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald, the original Ponzi scheme, the friendship of FDR and Winston Churchill, and much more.  Hosts include Bob Odenkirk and Jenny Slate.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/Comedy Central (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

DRUNK HISTORY: SEASON 4 DVD specs:
  • 10 episodes on two dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "Election Special"
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

23 May 2017

Arrow Academy's THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION: DUELLE/NOROIT/MERRY-GO-ROUND (review)

THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION collects three of Rivette's transitional and wildy-experimental films.  In DUELLE, a hotel porter, her neerdowell brother, and his lover become entangled in a supernaturally-tinged mystery involving two bewitching women.  Juliet Berto and Bulle Ogier star.  In NOROIT, Morag swears revenge against the pirates who murdered her brother and infiltrates the castle of pirate queen Giulia.  Geraldine Chaplin and Kika Markham star.  In MERRY-GO-ROUND, a French woman urgently summons her American boyfriend and her sister to France for help and they become involved in a delirious mystery of faked deaths and stolen cash.  Maria Schneider and Joe Dallesandro star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE JACQUES RIVETTE COLLECTION Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Duelle (1976):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • French LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles
    • "Remembering DUELLE" inteview with actresses Bulle Ogier and Hermine Karagheuz
  • Noroît (1976):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • French/English LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
  • Merry-Go-Round (1981):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English/French LPCM 1.0 mono
    • Optional English subtitles for the French dialogue
    • "Scenes from a Parallel Life: Jacques Rivette Remembers" archive interview with the director
    • "Rosenbaum on Rivette" interview with critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Exclusive perfect-bound book containing new writing on the films by Mary M. Wiles, Brad Stevens, Ginette Vincendeau and Nick Pinkerton
  • Reversible sleeves with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick
  • Limited to 3000 copies

Also available in the UK from Arrow with the addition of Region B Blu-rays and Region 2 NTSC DVDs of the films OUT 1 and OUT: SPECTRE:

All-region Blu-rays and Region 0 NTSC DVDs of OUT 1 and OUT: SPECTRE are available separately from Kino Lorber:

Arrow Video USA howls with WOLF GUY (review)

Sonny Chiba stars as a reporter by day, werewolf by night in Toei's crazy anime adaptation WOLF GUY.  When he sees a man torn apart in public by invisible claws, reporter Inugami starts looking into a series of murders and a sinister government organization.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

WOLF GUY Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with star Sonny Chiba
  • Interview with producer Toru Yoshida
  • Interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp.

22 May 2017

Sony holidays with MAD FAMILIES (review)

Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, and Naya Rivera star in this comedy about three families who wind up fighting over the same campsite for the Fourth of July weekend after a computer mix-up.  Insults lead to fighting and to all-out war as the three dysfunctional families engage in a series of competitions to determine who will be sent home, but they may all be losers when winning becomes more important than family.

REVIEW LINK: Sony Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

MAD FAMILIES DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and French subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers

The Film Detective conjures up VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST (review)

Entombed alive for his forbidden love for the chief's daughter, a Haitian mummy rises one thousand years later to find the reincarnation of his long lost love.  Utterly absurd, schlocky seventies Spanish horror take on THE MUMMY with Aldo Sambrell, Eva Leon, Alfredo Mayo, and Fernando Sancho.

REVIEW LINK: The Film Detective (US) Region ALL BD-R (DVD Drive-in)

VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST BD-R specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles

Intervision has a MURDERLUST for PROJECT NIGHTMARE (Review)

In this double bill from filmmakers Don Jones and James C. Lane, MURDERLUST anticipates the gritty serial killer films along the lines of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER as it details the dead-end life of the Mojave Murderer: respectable Sunday School Teacher by day and prostitute strangler by night.  In PROJECT NIGHTMARE, two campers find themselves on the run from an alien force in the middle of the woods.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp./Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

MURDERLUST/PROJECT NIGHTMARE DVD specs:
  • Murderlust (1986):
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by co-writer James C. Lane
  • Project Nightmare (1979):
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
    • Partial Audio Commentary by writer James C. Lane

21 May 2017

Breaking Glass Pictures embraces UTOPIANS (review)

Director Scud returns with his most daring project yet.  A homage to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Derek Jarman, and Yukio Mishima, UTOPIANS is the story of young Hins who has already forsaken his girlfriend Joy for his obsession with dead Japanese author Yukio Mishima only to fall for out-and-proud professor Ming who introduces him to a world of eroticism and free love that causes him to question his sense of self.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

UTOPIANS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Cantonese/Japanese/Mandarin/English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • 2017 Interview with Scud by qFlix producer Thom Cardwell
  • Making-of
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "30 Years of Adonis" Trailer
  • Previews

Breaking Glass drives BREAKDOWN LANE (review)

Traveling to the city to see her boyfriend in her tank-like SUV, Kirby breaks down in the desert in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.  Relying on the voice of Max on her car's emergency service program, she braves zombies, looting bikers, and other strange characters to reach civilization and rescue Max.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BREAKDOWN LANE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • English Closed Captioning
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing is STAYING VERTICAL (review)

Director Alain Guiraudie's follow-up to his notorious hit STRANGER BY THE LAKE finds a filmmaker suffering a creative block and wandering the French countryside for inspiration.  He soon finds himself hopelessly entangled in the lives of the people he has been observing and living a life no longer his own.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

STAYING VERTICAL DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

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